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May 30, 2009

Blueprint for Baluch Nationalism

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A number of international observers' are found seemingly opinionated over the diversifying and ever changing account of Balochistan. Perceiving, the verity, that the monumental homeland of the Baloch people is entering a new and sinister political period. Notwithstanding, the regions suffering from high volume impair. The Obama administration intends to further degenerate the turmoil by extending its drone attacks in the province to seed out elements of ‘militancy' and ‘extremism.' The extra-judicial killing of three brave Baloch leaders (may Allah bless their souls) could have not originated at a worse time, when the Baloch nation is already enduring an evaporating battlefield. The release of UN official John Solecki had furnished a nature that could have helped in exposing the sufferings of the Baluch populace and the non-complicit nature of native Baluch people within the international paradigm.

In the first week of April on his visit back from Kabul. Visiting U.S. Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mullen expressed a strategic concern – sparking yet another devastating impact on the people, when he surfaced U.S. foreign policy's future intention to extend drone attacks on the tribal areas of Balochistan. However, the central government of Pakistan assured the province; Mullen's statement is in a ‘mode' of facade, and they ( Pakistan 's central authority) intend to remain robust over the prevention of yet another brutal havoc.

Now, the main motive here is not to elaborate over the mournful events mentioned above, but to discuss exactly what is in-stored for Balochistan i.e., if the attacks are conducted for an obscure U.S. grand strategic reason; Extremists/Taliban are rid of; Baloch's sovereignty is revived and bounced back. The implementation of recognising Balochistan as lets say a ‘princely state,' - projecting the republic as a ‘secular' nation. Let's just imagine for all or any of the above mentioned aspects to possess somewhat weight (which in theoretical terms does). Then what! Will it eventually blossom unity and faith amidst our nation and necessitate the impoverishment of Baluch nationalists or would it give birth to a number of obstacles, that We' pure nationalists forces, synonymous to the tribes of Afghanistan in the post-Soviet era, will not be potentially competent enough to sustain, nor associate. As Selig S Harrison stated in his book, In Afghanistan's Shadow: Baluch Nationalism and Soviet Temptations , “Baluch-majority could eventually adjust their borders – seek adequate financial support with the influx of large-scale migration” Harrison conversely also exposed his sceptical assumptions stating, “such a state would automatically prove to be politically instable.” He indicated traditional Baluch rivalries for power and domination, which would promptly collapse the hope of a minuscule generation, equal to the task, which if given a chance to govern, will render constructive results. They will discover themselves once again flaunting anti slogans and confronting riots only this time amongst each other.

The takeover of civil-military bureaucratic regimes in Balochistan since post-independence has ignited a fireball in the 21 st Century. Many Baluch members and various committees have already began to [foresee] an independent Azaad Baluchistan – displaying the end of Pakistan's ‘civil-military colony' in the rich region, whilst, it gives birth to yet another, only now, a ‘Super-Power' to come and take its place. Since most nationalist forces have already confirmed their support towards any international aid – it seems more likely that the Baluch nation will move one step onwards – transforming themselves to abide their (western) sense of democracy. I guess in some hypothetical terms, it can be considered more dominant to be a labour of a global [corporate] power, despite being the “midnight oil” of a system that has already been enslaved by our future masters.

Till now, many readers may have assumed a number of avocations regarding this document, with regards to what may have been authorised. The only key fundamental concern that has provoked myself to ‘put pen to paper' is the consideration for the beloved nation that has placed us, the Baluch nation, in a distinct position. It can be formulated without a single thought, that the royalty and the birth right of this prestigious nation has been deprived by the ‘collective elite lobby' of Pakistan – rendering them with a life that only the indigenous population of Baluchistan had the right to be subscribed too. Now, under no circumstances is the [privileged] Baluch class being pointed out here. The indication is towards the sufferings of the displaced families and individuals, who have and still are undergoing the most crucial hardships. A more positive and powerful appraisal of Baluch nationalism will come into existence when ‘unity' will be considered as the supreme law within the Baluch paradigm. It is easier to unite against a common ‘foe' throughout an independent struggle, but it can be extremely hard to consolidate unity afterwards . We as Baluchi's should look beyond the obvious, by turning back to our traditional roots [what makes a Baluch a BALUCH]. Unity and peace are elements that will have to be given keen attention. However, if a “tin pot puppet dictator” comes into power – secures dictation to run a customary region like Baluchistan , then God help us. It will only elevate more unique elements only this time, they will be titled by the then in puissance as traitors, anti-Baluchistan or most possibly extremists. It is very much plausible from the then despotic leader of Baluchistan to prevent harm to their fruitful position: freedom and sovereignty will remain a dream yet to be attained - history will repeat itself, and if the profound strength of the nation is not congregated, then indeed it will.

Ahmad Marri

MSc - International Relations & Politics

University Of London

For comments email: ahmadmarri@gmail.com